“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

Pablo Neruda

Consider resilience, a manifestation of the life force in us all. It’s symbolized by that daffodil pushing its way through a sidewalk crack, persisting against all odds. You can cut all the flowers, yes, but you won’t delay the arrival of Spring. Because the inherent nature of life is to progress, to push forward, not backwards.

Cutting the flowers, that’s akin to life’s setbacks and disappointments. But beneath, life stirs, potential pulses, and Spring is poised, ready. You’re Spring. You can’t be contained or halted indefinitely. Setbacks are mere prunings, necessary for your eventual blooming. Remember this when times get tough: your bloom is not just probable, it’s inevitable.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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